Date: August 20, 2019
“California is raising standards for police to use deadly force.
SACRAMENTO — In his first few months as California’s governor, Gavin Newsom made some critics question his commitment to fixing the state’s troubled prison system. Though he had run as a reformer, Newsom stopped the release of dozens of prisoners eligible for parole after he took office in January, and attempted to block that option for more than 30 others. In California, if an inmate was convicted of murder, the governor gets the final say. But in an interview last week as he prepared to sign a law aimed at reducing deadly police shootings, Newsom promised to back sweeping changes to the entire criminal-justice system in the nation’s most populous state. “It’s just incomprehensible to me that we have a system that is so biased, so random, so unbelievably racially biased,” the governor, a Democrat, told The Marshall Project.